The Plant Manager of the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) in Francistown, Marcus Kgosiemang, has expressed worry that low supply of cattle by farmers is bringing down production levels at the plant. Addressing a press conference in Francistown last week, Kgosiemang said that although the abattoir is slowly recovering from the effects of the public service strike and the outbreak of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), farmers are not coming forth to supply them with cattle.
“Cattle farmers are dragging their feet to supply us with cattle. It is one of the main challenges that we are facing; we are pleading with the farmers to increase their supply,” he said.
Kgosiemang added that BMC initially set a target of slaughtering an average of 260 animals every month, but expressed disappointment saying that for now they can only slaughter 212.
He added that the Francistown abattoir can slaughter a maximum of 380 animals if supply is at its best.
He also said that one of the challenges that they have is that BMC has a single feedlot which can only hold a capacity of 3000 cattle. He added that there is need by farmers to establish more feedlots as this would ease the supply of cattle.
“There is need for more feedlots in order to sustain continuity in the supply of cattle to BMC and that is what we are always telling farmers,” he said. He concluded by assuring farmers that the BMC production plant is in perfect condition and that there are no threats to BMC operations.